People often accuse me of inappropriate behavior because I think terminating the industrial economy is a good idea. Interestingly, few of these people seem concerned about the morality of the big banks as they devise ways to profit from contraction of the industrial economy. Indeed, politicians routinely try to distance themselves from the few informed individuals who have a clue where we’re headed.I hope this has been a good week for everyone and that you all have a great weekend. Be sure to stop by Saturday for a documentary, this one sent in by our friend RJ. I think you'll really like it!
Thanks to RJ at Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer, for their contributions and help. Be sure to check out their great blogs today as well as the forums linked at the bottom of this, and every, post!
VOA: Iran Shows Footage of Purported US Drone
BlacklistedNews: FOX News Caught Using Fake Video Of Riots HA, HA! - claims angry Greek riot is Russian protest.
PopSci: Video: Iran Puts Its Captured RQ-170 Drone on Display
WashingtonPost: Putin lashes back at Clinton criticism
Time: Missing Ex-FBI Agent in Hostage Video
CBS: Mail bomb explodes at Italy tax office
PBS: Report Raises New Concerns About Air Force's Disposal of Remains
CSMonitor: Air strikes against Iran nuclear program? Israel reconsiders. - Israel's former spy chief has warned against a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear program, as has the US, citing its potential to boost Iran's regime at home and endanger US troops in the Middle East.
JerusalemPost: Gaza rocket fire continues: 3 more Kassams fired at Israel
NYT: Israeli Planes Attack Gaza Targets
BBC: Arab Spring revolution at the Arab League
JerusalemPost: Hamas contacting Arab states to stop 'Israeli aggression'
RawStory: Republicans urge covert ops against Iran, Syria
Reuters: Syria says pipeline blown up by rebel saboteurs
MSNBC: 'Please help me': Ex-FBI agent kidnapped in Iran says
CNN: 'Massacre' feared brewing in Syrian city
MarketWatch: Today’s soldiers of fortune are just after a buck
MotherJones: VIDEO: OWS Occupies Movie-Set Replica Of Itself, for Real
My Occupy LA Arrest - Patrick Meighan. Family Guy writer documents his experience getting arrested at Occupy LA: Today’s must read.
BostonGlobe: Dozens remain at Occupy Boston
CNN: Midnight deadline passes for Occupy Boston protesters to clear out
iReport: Occupiers take K street
TheNation: Emma Goldman Occupies Wall Street
TruthOut: Occupy Our Homes
TruthOut: Unemployed Confront Congress at Take Back the Capitol
ActivistPost: Monsanto PR Firm Reportedly ‘Ended’ by Anonymous
this is big and I hope it passes!
RawStory: Sen. Sanders files amendment to end corporate personhood - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a constitutional amendment to the U.S. Senate on Thursday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling.
Spiegel: Fear of a Two-Speed Europe - Britain Vetoes Changes to EU TreatiesMish: Cameron Finally Tells Sarkozy Where to Go; New treaty Splits European Union; ExtremeLegal Complications Already; Expect Discord to Rapidly Spread
Reuters: Europe moves ahead with fiscal union, UK isolated
Economix: Americans Got Much Poorer Last Quarter
Reuters: Qatar looking to invest in EFSF bailout fund - paper - Qatar is considering shoring up the European Financial Stability Facility or other investments to support the euro, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported, citing sources close to the Gulf Arab state's ruling family.
Zerohedge: Someone Isn't Buying It
Krugman: The Summit To End All Summits - European stocks are up today, and I have no idea why.
Bloomberg: The Economy of Coca-Cola
BusinessInsider: This Is The Worst Business Decision An Entrepreneur Will Ever Make
LAT: Canada's new plastic $100 bill is all tricked out - This week, our friend to the north introduced the first in its new line of all-plastic notes -- a cool $100 bill made out of a single sheet of plastic polymer and tricked out with all kinds of high-tech security features.
Telegraph: Euro summit rocked by row over veto plan - Hours before leaders arrived in Brussels , the Finnish parliament ruled that treaty changes proposed for the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) were “unconstitutional”.
Mish: New Euro Accord Consists of 23 Countries; UK, Hungary to Exit New Treaty; Expect More Exits; Treaty Signers Need to Collectively Pony Up $268 billion to IMF - Tonight we have news that only 23 of 27 nations will agree to new treaty.
BBC: Euro crisis: Eurozone deal reached without UK
BusinessWeek: The Unemployment Rate Drops, but Economists Aren't Smiling
MSNBC: Huge Eurobank, rated 'Britain's worst,' now accused of gouging US consumers
SeattleTimes: All EU nations but UK open to joining new treaty
NYT: Moody's Cuts Top French Banks' Ratings
BusinessWeek: U.S. Money Funds Cut French Bank Debt by 68% in November
VancouverSun: Economist warns global slowdown will be of Biblical scale
MoneyWatch: Worrying signs in trade data
BusinessInsider: How Buying A Stolen Designer Bag Could Be Funding Terrorists Abroad
Peak oil and Energy News
RigZone: Canada Government OKs Joslyn North Oil-Sands Project
TheBarrel: The language of unconventional oil drilling
Grist: A magical meter and friendly competition help one community dial back energy use
TED: The Future of Nano-Electric Power Generation
FuelFix: EPA links hydraulic fracturing with groundwater pollution
Mineweb: Gold climbs on strong euro, cautious over EU debt resolution
FT: Cargill, the Dr Gloom of commodities markets - Cargill has become the Dr Gloom of the commodities trading sector. The Minnesota-based company was the first big trading house to warn about the economic slowdown; its latest quarterly results reflected a sharp drop year-on-year; and now it is firing 2,000 people due to the “continued weak global economy”. This is no small matter: Cargill is at the centre of global trade, shipping commodities from wheat to beef, and the wide reach of its business network helps it anticipate changes in the economic cycle.
Mineweb: Gold bar sales outstripping jewellery in India
DesdemonaDespair: World’s biggest polluters stymie agreement at Durban global warming talks
USAToday: EPA: Fracking may cause groundwater pollution
this, from the 3esDaily
NRDC: Extreme Weather Map 2011: Thousands of Weather Records Broken in the US, Costs Climbing – and Climate Change a Factorthe following article send it by the Ozarker really illustrates the problem nicely.
TulsaWorld: Inhofe claims victory in global warming debate - "Tossing out any remote possibility of a U.N. global warming treaty is one of the most important things we can do for the economy," Inhofe said during his address.
ThinkProgress: Polar Bears Are Turning To Cannibalism As Arctic Ice Disappears
MSNBC: World climate talks on brink of disasterGrist: The young and the restless: Kids sue government over climate change
CSMonitor: Why deforesters could soon have freer rein in the Amazon - Despite overwhelming support among the Brazilian public for harsh measures against illegal deforesters, Brazil's Congress looks set to loosen deforestation restrictions instead. Why?
Reuters: COLUMN-Wyoming frack storm shows need for better regulation: Kemp
Forbes: What If Fracking Did Pollute Wyoming Water?DemocracyNow: Entrepreneur: Capitalism Will Save World from Climate Crisis to Preserve Markets for iPads, Coke - On Sunday, Democracy Now! attended the corporate-sponsored World Climate Summit in Durban that advocates a market approach to solving the climate crisis. One attendee, South African entrepreneur Jason Drew, called for the United Nations to step aside and let businesses and markets fix the problems caused by global warming. When asked why business would be interested in saving the people of the Maldives from catastrophic climate change, Drew responded, "Customers live there. It’s a business world. It’s capitalism. We need people to buy our goods... They all buy iPads, Coca-Cola, all the products we know. If the don’t exist anymore, the market’s gone." [includes rush transcript]
America in Decline
BlacklistedNews: Rupert Murdoch Lobbies Congress To Restrict Internet
ActivistPost: Americans leaving US in record numbers
from RJ this morning, a must read.
you saw newt wants 5 year olds to work as school janitors RawStory: Gingrich: 5-year-olds working is an ‘education in life’
then read... MaxineUdall: We've Come a Long Way
Yahoo: Tennessee family home burns while firefighters watch
BeforeIt'sNews: 9 Reasons We Should Wear Tin Foil Hats
DailyKos: Just 6 Walmart heirs have as much wealth as 30% of Americans
ThinkProgress: Santorum: We Don’t Need Food Stamps Because Obesity Rates Are So High
NPR: In Detroit, Drastic Steps To Avoid Bankruptcy
LAT: Girl's prophetic message: 'May die 2day' - Ramie Grimmer, the 12-year-old girl shot by her mother at a Texas welfare office, has died, and she may have posted a prophetic Facebook message during the seven-hour standoff: "May die 2day."
WashingtonPost: When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids - “I won’t beat around the bush,” he wrote in an email. “The math section had 60 questions. I knew the answers to none of them, but managed to guess ten out of the 60 correctly. On the reading test, I got 62% . In our system, that’s a “D”, and would get me a mandatory assignment to a double block of reading instruction.
Food and Water
Grist: Slaughterhouse rules: Inside a halal butchershop [VIDEO] - New York City: A lot of unusual things happen beneath the surface here. You don't notice most of them until someone points them out. Madani Halal slaughterhouse is a great example; it's down a backstreet in a little-known neighborhood in Queens. Every day, folks line up around the corner to choose their own live chicken or goat, watch it get slaughtered, and then take it home for dinner. In this video, we meet Imran Uddin, who left a career in corporate advertising to run the business his father started in 1996. He shows us the process and talks about how the business attracts working-class people looking for a lesser-known alternative to grocery store meat. WARNING: This video is a little graphic.
PublicNewsService: Extreme Weather: Knowledge is Power for California’s Farmers
CNN: Peru finds new solution to an old problem
Eatocracy: 5@5: Vegetarian comfort food
Science and Technology
ScientificAmerican: Has the Higgs Been Discovered? Physicists Gear Up for Watershed Announcement - Rumors are flying about a December 13 update on the search for the long-sought Higgs boson at Europe's Large Hadron Collider
Spiegel: Is the Lion Man a Woman? -Solving the Mystery of a 35,000-Year-Old Statue
PopSci: Video: Rats Choose to Liberate Their Jailed Pals, A Sign of Empathy Among Non-Primate Mammals
PopSci: Biologists Sequence Genome of Controversial Arsenic Bacterium
DiscoverMagazine: Why Calorie Counts Are Wrong: Cooked Food Provides a Lot More Energy
GizMag: Futuristic bridge planned for Wuxi Xidong Park, China
RawStory: Ancient super-predator eyes found in Australia
CosmicLog: Watch the total lunar eclipse, wherever you may beCNN: Keep Hubble successor on track
CNET: NASA: Anyone seen all the moon rock we've lost?
Medical and Health
M&C: "Burying people every day" as funding crisis hits AIDS
M&C: Pope urged to put nuns on the pill
MSNBC: India fire toll hits 88; senior hospital officials allegedly 'ran away'
WHO: Mental Health and Human Rights – a hidden emergency
Bloomberg: Obama Says He Backs Decision to Curb Teens Access to Morning-After Pill
MSNBC: Cutting carbs just 2 days a week can spur weight loss
MSNBC: Abortion doesn't raise mental illness risk - Women who have abortion are no more likely to have mental health problems than those who give birth, research finds
MSNBC: FDA panel: Add stronger warnings to birth control labels
Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
LAT: Taking the bang out of pressure cooking - These are not your Grandma's touchy stove-top models — electric cookers brown, simmer and cook food quickly. And they shut off automatically. How do they rate? Five models were tested, with pleasantly surprising results.
SHTFPlan: Report: Federal Agents Demand Customer Lists From Food Storage Facility - The latest government effort to identify would-be terrorists and persons-of-interest comes to us from Tennessee, where federal agents have taken the need to acquire actionable intelligence to a whole new level. They are, by all accounts, no longer just sitting back and waiting for business owners like surplus store owners or the general public to provide them with suspicious activity reports, but rather, are taking matters into their own hands.
USAToday: Sandusky's wife says husband is innocent, accusers are lying
PopSci: Bill Gates to Collaborate With China on a Fourth-Generation Nuclear Reactor
BusinessInsider: '19 Kids And Counting Star' Miscarries During 20th Pregnancy - Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar were planning for the birth of their 20th child, but People is now reporting that those plans have changed.
CNN: Hundreds arrested in child-trafficking ring bust
Chinese police have busted two child-trafficking rings after a six-month nationwide investigation, rescuing 178 children and arresting 608 suspects, the country's Ministry of Public Security announced this week.M&C: Brazil: 2.2 billion dollars to fight "crack epidemic"
NYT: Violence Revisits Virginia Tech as Two Are Killed in Shooting
HuffingtonPost: The Muppets Are Communist, Fox Business Network Says
TriCitiesNews: Former Navy Captain, NFS Exec pleads guilty in child porn case
BusinessWeek: No felony charges for LA Walmart pepper-sprayer
ST: China shuts 200 microblogs for porn, vulgar content
McClatchy: Sandusky arrested, jailed; bail set at $250,000
Discovery: Top 22 Time Travel Movies
Zerohedge: Guest Post: The Detainee - A Tale Of Collapse
TheTelegraph: Pakistan President Zardari diagnosed as having had minor stroke - Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan is believed to have had a mini stroke with no lasting ill-effects, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. Here's a funny one from RJ.
EarthDeception: Moving-World DECEPTION!! - Battling the synagogue of Satan and their trainload of lies coming from universities, NASA and Big Media.
Politico: Ron Paul: 'Glee' in administration after 9/11
Politico: Poll: 3/4 say don't reelect Congress
TheRoot: Black Voters Told, 'Relax, Don't Vote'
A Republican is convicted for authorizing misleading "robocalls" -- just one tactic being used to deter voters.LAT: Some GOP opponents of tax break say voters will understand
McClatchy: Two debates in the next week may be final frame for Iowa GOP voters
BusinessInsider: BRILLIANT: Stephen Colbert Rips Apart Rick Perry's Anti-Gay Ad
CrooksAndLiars: Obama Derangement Syndrome: Kill Obamacare, Let Bin Laden Go Free
JuanCole: Gingrich slots MEK terrorists’ supporter John Bolton for State
MSNBC: McConnell warns of popular vote 'catastrophic outcome'
NewYorkDaily: Donald Trump looks into canceling GOP debate he's set to host
NYT: Beliefs: Faith and Family Values at Issue in Republican Contest
Salon: Rick Perry: More disliked than Rebecca Black
TinfoilPalace: The New Flu Shot Commercial.
TinfoilPalace: Cave of Skull
TheOilAge: Consequences of Persian Gulf war on global energy supplies
TheOilAge: Running Out of Oil
HubbertsArms: This EU summit will accelerate a euro break-up not slow it down or save it HubbertsArms: Japan plant operator mulls new nuclear water dump
SilentCountry: Watch this video
SilentCountry: Guy McPherson: 24-minute video